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UCLA looking at Shaka Smart, but will the perks add up?

March 25, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • Virginia Commonwealth Coach Shaka Smart gets a $10,000 annual allowance for clothes.
Virginia Commonwealth Coach Shaka Smart gets a $10,000 annual allowance… (Paul Sancya / Associated…)

UCLA reality check Part (Tier) Two.

There are basketball coaches who will please Bruins fans and there are ones Athletic Director Dan Guerrero is actually interested in: Butler’s Brad Stevens and Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart.

Stevens reportedly makes a little more than $1 million per year. That’s Indiana dollars. Multiply it by about three for California inflation. Stevens is also described as an intensely private man who is turned off by public scrutiny.

Good thing intense scrutiny doesn't come with the UCLA job.

On to Smart, who turned down $2.5 million per year from Illinois a year ago.

Smart currently gets $1.36 million per year in salary, but the perks do add up.

Smart receives $25,000 for a radio deal. He gets $20,000 if season-ticket sales reach 3,500 and another $20,000 if the Rams average 7,000 in attendance. He gets $3,500 for an Atlantic 10 regular season championship, something the Rams have never won under him.

You can call him smart dresser as well, with $10,000 annually for clothes.

Smart gets $5,000 if he beats an Athletic Coast Conference team and $2,000 every time he beats Old Dominion.

The only thing that is missing is $500,000 for winning a national championship and $1 million for giving Mike Krzyzewski a nuggy.


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